SOUTHEND United will be looking to end their wretched run of Essex Senior Cup results when they head to Harlow Town for a third round tie tonight.

The Shrimpers have suffered six successive defeats in the competition since 2011.

And Blues’ under-23 coach Kevin Maher is keen to get back to winning ways.

“It’s been disappointing for us in the Essex Senior Cup but it is a competition we would like to do well in,” said Maher.

“I think that shows how difficult it is playing against these teams but I look at it as a brilliant challenge for the players.

“It’s going to be more physical than the games we normally have as they’re going to be playing against experienced senior players but it’s a good test for them.

“They need to get used to playing against different styles of play and different teams so I’m looking forward to this game.”

Harlow are currently bottom of the Isthmian Premier League standings but Maher is still expecting a tough test.

“These games are always really difficult and I’m sure this one will be too,” said Maher.

“Whenever you play in this competition the other team will be wanting to show that they are good enough to be playing professionally themselves.

“Our players will have to match what they throw at us and battle hard while also showing their quality on the ball if we’re to get the win.”

No senior Blues players are expected to feature in tonight’s clash, while defender Joe McKenzie and midfielder Lewis Gard both miss out with long-term knee injuries.